St. Michael’s Academy Middle School students held a May crowning on May 17 at its Wendover Road campus in Springfield.

Principal Carol Raffaele had noted on the diocesan blog that the school needed its own special statue of Mary, Our Blessed Mother,and her prayers were heard.

Msgr. David J. Joyce, a parochial vicar at Holy Name Parish in Springfield, donated the statue.

The Student council participated in the outdoor ceremony with reading by: Anna Marie Gregory(Grade 6), Rachel Bechard (Grade 6), Bao Kim (Grade 6), Brian McCrae (Grade 6 and student Student Council president), Kaylee Grabowski (Grade 7) and Michelle Jasiel (Grade 7).

Molly Sulilvan, secretary of the Student Council and an 8th grader, crowned Mary.

Praising Mary with Song and Prayers

Michael Rancitelli, the school’s music director, led the students in song. And all studented joiend together to recite a decade of the rosary.